Case Study

Assault at Work

Case Type: Assault at Work
Injury: Nose and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder*
Settled by: Paul W Tracey
Settled on: 23rd July, 2021
Assault at Work

Case Summary


Sarah worked in a social care unit. One of her patients had a history of violent behaviour and Sarah had previously written numerous reports regarding incidents in the workplace.

One day, her patient got aggressive and attacked her with a pole. During another shift, the patient punched her in the face and she fractured her nose.

After going to A&E and consulting her GP, Sarah felt uncomfortable going back to work as there was little support put in place to prevent another incident from occurring. She also suffered from PTSD, anxiety and stress and had to leave her job as a social worker.

Case Progression

Court proceedings were issued on the 14/04/20 after the Personal Injuries Board gave authorisation to take legal action.

Case Settlement

The case was settled on the 23/07/2020 following a settlement meeting with the defendants.

*Note: Client name changed for GDPR reasons.

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